From McGarvey, J.W., Sermons delivered in Louisville, Kentucky (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company, no date), first published 1894. A sermon delivered by J.W. McGarvey at the Broadway Christian Church, Lexington, KY, 11 June 1893. J.W. (John William) McGarvey (1829-1911) was one of the leading ministers and religious educators of the American Restoration Movement.
Taking Galatians 6:7-8 as his text, McGarvey establishes the moral principle of cause and effect. A life spent in pursuit of spiritual things leads to a spiritual blessing, eternal life, but a life spent in pursuit of the desires of the flesh leads to the ends of the flesh, death and decay. Elijah's prophecy against King Ahab in the incident of Naboth's vineyard, and its fulfillment despite all Ahab's efforts to evade God's judgment, is used as an example of the futility of mocking God.